Havana Spice with Chef Douglas Rodriguez

May 03 - 07, 2018

Experience the Flavors of Cuba!

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Havana Spice with Chef Douglas Rodriguez

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Join us on an adventurous journey through Havana with the James Beard Awarded Chef and share in the passion that he has for the people and food of Cuba, and breathe in the energy he has devoted to his craft as he hones his talents.

You will recap knowledge and learn from the very finest culinary instructor on the planet or become America’s newest Nuevo Latino cuisine ambassador. You will not just dine as a spectator, but also learn and take part in how chefs integrate these culinary landscapes into their food in compelling ways. Quite simply, D-Rod Culinary Adventures has put together the greatest culinary journeys through Cuba and the expedition of a lifetime.

Destinations

What's included

*5 Days & 4 nights

*Airport Transfers in Cuba

*Cuban Visa

*US Government Paperwork & People-to-People General License

*Accommodations for 4 nights at Hotel Parque Central

*Breakfast every day at the hotel

*4 lunches

*3 dinners

*Cooking demonstration by Chef Douglas Rodriguez

*Museum, Institutional and Organizational visits

*Visits with Artists at their studios as per itinerary

*Motorcoach or Van transportation for entire program (12 hrs per day)

*Concert & Panel Discussion by Prof. Alberto Faya

*Classic Car Ride

*Translation by professional Cuba-based guides

*Tour management in Cuba by US and Cuba-based personnel

 
 

 

* Price is Pending. We apologise for the inconvenience

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change and you will be kept informed of changes to final itinerary.

 

 

 

What's not included

*Airfare to Cuba (priced separately)

*Airfare from your Home City to Miami

*Transportation to Miami International Airport

*After hours activities

*Airport Taxes upon departing Havana (CUC 25)  

*Single Room Supplement ____

*Trip Interruption Insurance

*Tips for restaurant staff, guide and driver

*Personal Purchases

*Tips for Hotel staff

*All other items not listed in “WHAT’S INCLUDED”

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Itinerary 5 days

Day 1, Havana City

Lunch TBD | Lunch at El Carbon: Chef Ivan Justo

Tour Old Havana Four Plazas

Tour Old Havana on foot, walking between the four main plazas that comprise Cuba’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start at Plaza de Armas, the site of the oldest Spanish fortress in the Americas, the 1519 locale of the first mass in Cuba, and the massive Baroque seat of government, known as Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. Continue to Plaza de San Francisco de Assis and Plaza Vieja, where we will visit artists galleries and historic buildings and get a sense of the structure of the colonial city. Wind through historic streets spanning 5 centuries of historic architecture and end at Plaza de la Catedral and see the Baroque cathedral.

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Dinner at Tierra (Restaurant Fabrica de Arte)

"TIERRA" in the hugely popular Fabrica de Arte Cubano, otherwise known as the F.A.C. They describe their menu as "Arte Culinario" "La Vuelta al mundo en 20 platos" A trip around the world in 20 dishes. There's an outdoors and an indoors part, both small and cozy. Food is just excellent and they served one of the best mojitos in Havana. After dinner, we will step outside the door and mingle with the locals at the Fabrica de Arte.

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Havana after Dark

Your guide will help you select from an array and wide range of evening activities based on what is happening in Havana. Enjoy live music, dance, baseball and other cultural activities scheduled nightly throughout Havana, including traditional and popular activities enjoyed by the locals.

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Day 2, Havana City

Breakfast at the hotel

Lunch at Havana 61

Located in one of the oldest colonial areas of Havana, near the beautiful Iglesia del Angel, is a bright and airy, Havana 61. The modern design is in extreme contrast with the six-century-old city and offers traditional Cuban cuisine as well as culinary creations of their own. The seafood is the house specialty as well as the originally concocted libations.

 

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Artist Studio & Gallery Visits

Rising from the restoration and revitalization of Old Havana, impressive art galleries have sprung up all over the colonial center of the city, exhibiting the work of Cuba’s top artists and often housing their private studios. As you stroll through Old Havana you will happen by many galleries and studios where you can view and purchase original art.

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Dinner at Atelier

Calling Atelier contemporary is like calling Havana a little rundown: true, but enough of an understatement as to miss the point. The large main room is decorated with sparse modern lines, inside a typically idiosyncratic Vedado mansion. Two balconies have boundless cushions for the outdoor lounge. An antique hob outside, old sewing and adding machines inside make the place retro yet not old. The food changes every day, every week, hence the handwritten menus.

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Day 3, Havana City

Breakfast at hotel

You will be met by your guide in the lobby after breakfast to begin the day’s program.

Lunch at Finca Marta

Enjoy a delicious meal at the first organic farm in Cuba.

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A Journey through Cuban Music with Professor Alberto Faya

Experience a rare, intimate encounter with what Cuba is best know for – the music.  There is an old saying, “In Cuba, if you turn over a rock a musician jumps out”. You will take a musical journey through Cuba’s rich and exciting musical history guided by world-renowned and award winning musician and musicologist Alberto FayaFaya, recipient of multiple awards for musical accomplishments, will be joined by a quartet performing authentic Cuban music. Enjoy this magical and interactive experience and feel free to engage the speakers and musicians.

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Dinner on your own

Tonight dinner is in a paladar of your choice from a list of the hottest foodie scenes in the City. The tour guide will make the reservations. This is an opportunity to get away from the larger group and dine with a smaller group of friends. You will take a taxi to the meal that we will find for you. The group will have a chance to speak with the Chef and owner of the establishment to discuss food and new opportunities in the food industry in Cuba. The cost of this meal is not included in the trip price.

 

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Day 4, Havana City

Breakfast at the hotel

Lunch and Cooking Class at Cafe Ajiaco

Welcome cocktail and Brief Introduction about the history of the Cuban cuisine and its relation with our nationality.

Elaboration, along with the chef, 5 different Cuban dishes.The chef will be interacting with the group all the time giving explanations about the history and the elaboration of each dish. After guests finish their cooking, they will try all the dishes and will have a drink.

Dinner at La Guarida

The location for the acclaimed Cuban movie, “Fresa y Chocolate”, La Guarida serves delectably sophisticated international cuisine in a building that was once the  residence and office of a medical doctor.  Owner of the paladar, Enrique Nuñez del Valle is one of the pioneers of the recent wave of fine gastronomy in Cuba.  He has been pouring resources from his business venture into the restoration of the impressive 19th century building where the restaurant is located.

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Evening Dress To Impress The 40’s Style And Enjoy Classic Car Ride On The Malecon

You will be picked up at you hotel and whisked away to your farewell dinner in perfectly restored vintage 1950s convertibles and enjoy an amazing driven tour of Havana’s “malecon” on the way. The quintessential avenue that wraps around Havana from La Habana Vieja to the Almendares River, hugging the famous sea wall that protects the city from the crashing waves of the Caribbean Sea offers the perfect sunset view. This drive is a retrospective, nostalgic journey through time and you can feel you’re in the 1950s with the backdrop of the Cuban skyline, nearly frozen in time.

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Day 5, Havana City

Breakfast at the hotel and Goodbye to Havana

Good Day For Shopping & Explore Havana - Live Like A Cuban

The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. The group’s transportation will drop you in the Parque Central area and will return those who wish to the hotel.  You might want to stay near El Prado and walk the beautiful marble promenade traversed daily by locals living their day to day life in Havana, sit among the royal palms in the Parque Central (Central Park) or just enjoy wandering among the locals and making new friends.  Perhaps you’d rather return to a spot that you saw or already visited that drew your attention.  By day four in Havana, a welcoming and engaging city full of wonderfully communicative Cubans, you should be able to find your way around and live just like a Cuban for the afternoon.  And as always, your guide will help you make your plan

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